The Anatomist's Apprentice (Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries)

by Tessa Harris | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780758266989 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/28/2015
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I got this fair-condition ex-library softcover from Better World Books, for another release copy.

I first read this book via an audiobook version from Audible.com, drawn to it because it was narrated by the marvelous Simon Vance. The book is centered on young Dr. Thomas Silkstone, a young American who's been living in England to study under the aging but brilliant Dr. Carruthers. (The prologue of the book pretty much names Silkstone as the world's first forensic scientist, and as I've read quite a bit about the history of forensics I got a little impatient at having so many different discoveries attributed to him! Still, it makes a neat premise for the books.)

The core of the story is the mysterious death of the not-very-nice Sir Edward Crick, whose sister winds up consulting Thomas about investigating the cause of his death - after her husband is accused of murdering him. (Since it's been some time since the murder by the time Silkstone sees the body, there are some nicely gruesome descriptions of the horribly decomposed corpse, not to mention the question of how much data can be gathered from a body in that condition.)

Silkstone faces class prejudice, the public's fear and anger over anatomists in general, and a more dangerous threat - once he gets into the investigation it seems that someone's desperate to stop him. Oh, and then there's his immediate attraction to young Lydia Farrell, whose husband he's trying to save...

Some nice twists and turns to the mystery, lots and lots of gritty period detail, and some interesting characters - a respectable start to a series.

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (7/8/2015 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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I'm putting this book in the Medicine Chest bookbox. Hope someone enjoys it!

Journal Entry 3 by quietorchid at Saint Paul, Minnesota USA on Thursday, October 15, 2015
Looks like fun.

I wanted to like this book more than I did; it seemed contrived. The author wants to make sure we know that she knows far, far more about the era than her readers. I appreciate the several pages of definitions of obscure terms in the back: Gallimaufray as an assortment of motley things was interesting, but I did not need to be told what a salve was, or that a cutpurse was a violent mugger. (Actually I believe the author is in error there, cutpurses got their name from slitting your purse in a crowd, spilling its contents. Probably she meant 'highway man.')

Still, more red herrings than anyone in the 18th century could throw feverfew petals at, so a good mystery, although the body count was spectacular in the end.

Journal Entry 4 by quietorchid at Dunn Bros. Downtown Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Released 5 yrs ago (10/20/2015 UTC) at Dunn Bros. Downtown Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

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Left on a table.

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